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Coronavirus COVID-19 Impact: Veterans History Project Updates

Researcher sitting at lap top computer using Veterans History Project online resources at home with coffee and snacks nearby.

Researcher accessing Veterans History Project online resources from home.

During this global pandemic, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) continues to meet its mission of collecting, preserving and making accessible the wartime remembrances of U.S. military veterans. While we recognize during normal circumstances what we do is incredibly important, currently we have taken steps to modify the way we work because the health and safety of our employees is our top priority. We want to keep our readers informed as things change, so we will update this article with new announcements periodically until the crisis ends. Please check back often. The most recent update will appear at the top of the list. Also while you are home practicing social distancing, we invite you to spend some time visiting our website, www.loc.gov/vets, which includes more than 9,000 hours of audio- and 7,000 hours of video-recorded interviews, as well as hundreds of photographs and pieces of correspondence. Watch the second video on this page for a 5-minute tutorial on navigating the VHP database. Most importantly, remember to do your part in keeping yourself and others safe as we face this challenge together. Contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

July 2, 2020

Library of Congress buildings remain closed to the public until further notice. As communities across the country roll out different phases of activities,  please note that all incoming mail, including commercial delivery packages sent to the Veterans History Project, will continue to be routed through the Library of Congress off-site facility, and will be processed in the order received when on-site accessioning activities are resumed. There is no expedited service, and no special handling offered at this time. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. If you have questions or need more information, email [email protected].

June 11, 2020

All Library of Congress public programs and public tours are canceled until September 1, 2020. Whenever possible, the Library will reschedule the public programs originally scheduled during the closure period. Go here for more information from the Library of Congress.

April 15, 2020

All Library of Congress public events are canceled until July 1, 2020. Whenever possible, the Library will reschedule the public programs originally scheduled during the closure period. Go here for more information from the Library of Congress.

March 26, 2020

All Library of Congress buildings are closed to the public until further notice. Public events are canceled until May 11, 2020. Go here for more information from the Library of Congress.

March 25, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, all Library of Congress buildings and facilities are closed to the public, and Veterans History Project staff are currently teleworking.  All incoming packages and mail from both commercial and USPS deliveries, including Veterans History Project donations, will be stored in a secure location until staff return. Acknowledgements of receipt of collections and collection processing will resume when staff are able to return on-site.

All Library-sponsored public programs and public tours are postponed or canceled until May 11, 2020. Whenever possible, the Library will reschedule the public programs originally scheduled during the closure period. Go here for more information from the Library of Congress.

 

Thanksgiving Road Trip

The following is the fourth in a series relating to the Medal of Honor. Thanksgiving, with millions of Americans on the road, is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year.  If you’re doing the traveling this year, I implore you to try a new travel game: find the Medal of Honor landmarks/monuments across America, and the recipients […]